James Comey Reportedly Tried to Reveal Russia's Election Meddling Last
- Author: Adam Floyd Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 1:57
FBI Director James Comey reportedly tried to go public with the information about Russia's campaign to disrupt the USA presidential election last summer but Obama administration officials stopped him.
During a meeting in the Situation Room in either June or July of past year, Director Comey proposed writing an op-ed, which likely would have been published in The New York Times, about Russia's influence campaign, Newsweek reported on Wednesday.
Citing two sources with knowledge of the matter, Newsweek reported: "Comey pitched the idea of writing an op-ed about the Russian campaign during a meeting in the White House Situation Room in June or July".
Comey reportedly had a draft of an op-ed that he wanted to share with the public concerning the Russian interference and shared that information during a meeting with then-Secretary of State John Kerry, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a few others. "He held up a piece of paper in a meeting and said, 'I want to go forward, what do people think of this?'" a source with knowledge of the meeting told Newsweek of Comey.
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Comey's op-ed was presented around the same time that he released information regarding Hillary Clinton's email scandal. "They did their usual-nothing".
It's not clear why the Obama administration denied Comey's effort or why Comey himself didn't seek other avenues to make the information public, but the only major pre-election announcement revealing some information about Russian involvement came on October 7 - too late in the election cycle for it to make much of a difference. The lack of response angered those in Clinton's camp.
Comey declined to comment on specific policies, but said the government was always looking to improve its vetting system and that it is more hard to vet people coming from places where the United States hadn't established "robust" relationships.